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WALTER JACK LOWE

Walter Jack Lowe, 99, died early Monday morning, December 14, at Buckingham South.

He was a kind and compassionate man who lived by the biblical injunction to seek and pursue justice and truth.

During his long life, Mr. Lowe performed untold acts of chesed (kindness) towards people from all walks of life—especially those who were less fortunate—without regard to race, religion, or socioeconomic background, often anonymously, and without seeking or even desiring recognition.

These were the values he instilled in his three sons.

A lifelong resident of Savannah, Mr. Lowe was a child of the Depression, an Army veteran of World War II (Alaska theater), a proud member of The Greatest Generation. He was a highly regarded and popular presence in the Savannah community. In a recent column, Savannah Morning News writer Jane Fishman referred to Mr. Lowe as a man who “had opinions,” an understatement. There never was any doubt where Walter Lowe stood on any issue.

An autodidact and perennial student, Mr. Lowe was a voracious reader; he had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and an insatiable intellectual curiosity that were undiminished with age. He almost never missed Rabbi Slatus’s Monday night Torah class for the past 40 years, sitting in his hallowed seat, front row center, even at age 98.

Walter Lowe had a quick wit and sharp sense of humor. He was a man totally without pretense who possessed a reliable pretense detector.

He was a passionate music lover, whether it be the American Songbook, the “Standards,” Big Band, Broadway musicals, jazz—especially jazz. A jazz purist, he was an authority on Dixieland and “classical” jazz (but eschewed Bebop, a perversion). He often regaled his sons about the heady days of his youth when all the big bands and jazz greats made their pilgrimage to Tybee to “play the Pavilion.” Throughout his difficult last illness, he was still singing Bunny Berrigan’s rendition of “I Can’t Get Started” and Mel Torme’s “Stardust.”

He was an active member of the B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue and Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society), and a past president of the Jewish Educational Alliance. He often spoke fondly about growing up in the old “Alliance” on Barnard Street, which he called his second home. He was the “Candy Man” in shul; he knew the names of all of his young “customers” who flocked to him, not just for the candy, but for the special greeting he gave each one (as long as they said please and thank you, made good eye contact, gave him a firm handshake, and said “good shabbos”).

Mr. Lowe was preceded in death by his beloved soulmate, Lillian Lowe, to whom he was married for almost 75 years. Theirs was a marriage truly made in heaven; a marriage that personified the Jewish ideal of a man and a woman joined together as one body and one soul.

He is survived by his three sons: Alan Lowe (Candy), of Savannah; David Lowe (Paula), of Washington, D.C.; and Richard Lowe (Marcie), Philadelphia, PA.; and was blessed with seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Walter Lowe was a man of faith who loved his G-d, his wife, his family, his country, his community, his Judaism, his synagogue. An ardent Zionist, he loved Eretz Yisrael—the land and people of Israel—for which he was a strong and persuasive advocate.

Graveside services and burial will take place at noon on Wednesday, December 16, at Bonaventure Cemetery, with Rabbi Avigdor Slatus officiating.

The shiva will be observed at the residence (outside, with masks and social distancing) following the burial.

The family wishes to thank Rita Slatus and her excellent staff at Buckingham South for their expert and compassionate care, and Kathleen Staley and her dedicated staff at Georgia Hospice.

Donations: Congregation B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue, Rambam Day School, the Jewish Educational Alliance, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

You are invited to view the funeral service of Mr. Lowe by clicking here.

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  1. Deidre M iddleton says:

    So sorry for your lost. I remember Mr. Lowe when I worked at Food Town back in the day. Mr. Lowe was a kind hearted man, Never a day he came into Food Town and not speak to you,And always call you by your name, I had the pleasure of seeing. Mr. Lowe at Candler Hospital where I work in the lab, Maybe a couple or years now, I Happen to be walking by saw him and his son I believe. I spoke to Mr.Lowe and was glad I had the chance to speak with him. I will remember all the smiles he left on your face after talking with him.

  2. Bonnie Cleland says:

    Deepest Sympathy Alan and Candy

  3. Marsha and Chuck Bernstein says:

    Deepest condolences to all the Lowes. “Uncle” Walter was a mensch and made Chuck feel welcome when he joined the extended family in 1976. We’re with you in spirit as Marsha has a minor surgical procedure Wednesday and we won’t be able to come to Savannah.

  4. Karen (Quick) Duncan says:

    David,

    I’m sorry to learn of your father’s death. He certainly had a long and fulfilling life.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Karen (Quick) Duncan

  5. Elliot Schrag says:

    I always enjoyed visiting the community, and sitting behind Uncle Walter at the BBJ. He would refer to me as “ELI from new york”. Not only was he funny, kind hearted, and an excellent candy man, but he was a true friend to my grandfather Herb Blumenthal, who has been waiting 7 years for Uncle Walter at Bonaventure Cemetery. Sending my sympathies to the family.

  6. arnold/ruth young says:

    Walter was the nicest, most pleasant and brightest man around. He was a pleasure. It was always fun to talk with him at the JEA…and always interesting. He was always nice to Ruth’s mom, Joyce, commenting she always had a smile. He did too.
    Walter was simply a good person who added to everyone’s life and will be missed.
    Ruth & Arnold

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